Friday, May 30, 2008

That Voodoo That He Did So Well

I just now found out about the death of Harvey Korman yesterday in Los Angeles.

Along with Hawkeye Pierce, Bugs Bunny and Groucho Marx, Korman -- with or without the brilliant Tim Conway at his side -- was one of my strongest inspirations growing up when it came to what I found hysterical and who I would eventually want to be like. I could go on for hours about the comedic genius of his contribution to The Carol Burnett Show and Blazing Saddles alone.

But better I just say a fond, sad goodbye -- and thank him for making me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe.


Blenderab said...

I too will miss the "Great Gazoo." His work with Mel Brooks (as Count Du Monet in "History of the World: Part I" and Hedley Lamarr in "Blazing Saddles" are comedic classics.

Some of my fondest memories of childhood was sitting with my grandparents on their couch, watching Tim Conway and Harvey trying to bust each other up.

Thanks for the memories. RIP.

Jayne said...

Oh this just breaks my heart. He and Tim were my favorite comedy duo from even my earliest childhood memories. Just thinking about the dentist skit makes me laugh sitting here at my desk.

Anonymous said...

my brother and i were stunned yesterday.....and of course so was the great nora desmond


Deacon Blue said...

Oh, man, I hadn't heard about this at all. Man, I loved it when Harvey and Tim and the rest of the gang would lose it on the Carol Burnett show...ah well, they all gotta go sometime (the talented folk), but always too soon all the same.

Al said...

"Gimme a break"
"Pain in the ass.....Raisinets?"

Genius. Him and Tim Conway absolutely stole every show.


celery said...

Crappy news. I'm still grieving Don Knotts.

Of course, we can forgive Mr. Korman for both "cooking with a wookie" and his homoerotic love for Maude in "The Star Wars Holiday Special".

Anonymous said...

Jayne, the dentist skit, to this day, is what sends me and my brother into what we call the Clutch Zone--laughing so hard we have to grab ourselves so it won't hurt.

Sadness, indeed. Thank god he'll live forever on celluloid or YouTube.

Anonymous said...

I just loved him! My friend and I were emailing back and forth various scenes from Blazing Saddles to each other yesterday morning, and now we are afraid we put the hoodoo on him or something! Perhaps we will try to email about Oprah today?

MataHari said...

Sad news indeed. But it's nice to see that others share the same feeling about his talent.

Stephen said...

How is it possible to replace him? Where would we find such a man?

Why am I asking you?

My favorite line: "You will only be risking your lives, whilst I will most certainly be risking an academy award nomination for best supporting actor."

Celery...holy crap, I thought I was the only one who remembered that garbage. At least his scenes were better than the jefferson starship performance.

RIP will be sorely missed

Sheriff Bart said...

The man could make anything funny. The fact that he didn't mind playing straight man to Conway or taking a supporting part in a Brooks movie when he could obviously carry any show himself only makes him cooler.

I like to think that he and Cleavon Little and Madeline Kahn are sharing a drink and a laugh or two in a much better place.

And Jayne, you're right. The Dentist Sketch was SO damn funny. I'm gonna go watch it on YouTube right now.